reply to post by SFlowers
I'm looking for something that you can learn quickly that focuses more on self-defense,
Rather than enroll in a specific course of traditional styles, that take time to get into all of the applications, history and steps toward
advancement, I would suggest maybe looking for someone that specifies in basic self defense or women's self defense, and I say women's because those
techniques are taught with the considerations you mentioned, body weight and strength.
You could learn 5 or 6 moves that could give you a good ability to defend yourself.
with little upper body strength but very strong legs
Very good for running or groin kicks.
help her get out of a genuine life-or-death situation without causing any extreme or lasting damage to her attackers?
Not really a concern if someone is trying to hurt/kill you, no? Of course there is the psychological approach of "fighting by not fighting," which
entails being clever and talking your way our of a situation and avoiding phys conflict at all costs.
There are advantages to committing to a traditional style, the knowledge and skills learned , the communion, the health benefits, mentally,
spiritually and physically. There are 2 styles of martial arts, hard and soft. The hard ones, Mui Thai, Krav Maga, TaeKwonDo, Ju Jitsu and
Kickboxing, you can expect to mix it up a bit(including hit in the face) and get physical with sparring. The soft styles, Tai Chi Chuan, Aikido, Wing
Chung and Kung Fu(hard and soft) enable you to develop balance, strength, and coordination. Wing Chung was actually developed by a female with the
disadvantage of size considered and built upon.
One piece of advice is remember the 3 vital areas: groin, throat and eyes. The eyes in particular are vulnerable, even if the person has you in their
grips, you can scrape, or better plunge your thumb as deep as you can into their eye socket then run like hell. Your elbows, knees and forehead are
your strongest weapons. Whistles and mace should be considered too.
Just my .02
Be safe and peace,
edit on 8-11-2010 by speculativeoptimist because: cg